BUSTED: Saudi woman stopped in Lebanon for trying to join Daesh

Published August 12th, 2016 - 12:28 GMT
Lebanese army soldiers near the border with Syria (AFP/Joseph Eid)
Lebanese army soldiers near the border with Syria (AFP/Joseph Eid)

A Saudi woman was arrested in Lebanon today under auspices that she was attempting to join Daesh (ISIS) in Syria, Lebanese media reports.

The woman was travelling with three of her children, ad arrested in the capital Beirut. Saudi security officials found out about her from her husband, who informed them of her intentions. She and the children have since been deported back to Saudi Arabia, where they will undergo a trial.

Perhaps most interestingly, the arrest was the result of Saudi-Lebanese cooperation. The two’s relations have been strained since Saudi Arabia stopped a planned arms deal to Lebanon over concerns about the Lebanese Shia militant organization Hezbollah-who have strong ties to Saudi Arabia’s regional foe Iran.

Some have called the woman’s decision to try and join Daesh by way of Lebanon strange considering Lebanon is primarily bordered by regime and rebel-controlled parts of Syria, not Daesh-held territory. The Syria-Turkey border is much more porous and closer to Daesh.


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